It seems like the perfect day to begin posting since I received from my editor the first copy of Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas. It’s a picture book biography illustrated by the award winning Colin Bootman.
Tiny Stitches tells the story of Vivien Thomas, an African American man who lost his college savings during the Great Depression. Instead, Vivien worked in the research lab under Dr. Alfred Blalock at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Blalock quickly realized Vivien was brilliant and guided him through medical procedures and laboratory techniques. Vivien accompanied Dr. Blalock to Johns Hopkins University Medical School where they continued their research. The project that captivated the medical profession and parents all over the world was Vivien’s surgical technique that allowed doctors to operate on babies born with tetralogy of Fallot or blue babies in 1944.
I began researching Tiny Stitches in 2010. Six years ago. Six years from idea to book. That’s a long time. During those years, I never doubted its future. When I did feel a little down, family and friends pulled me back up.
I don’t have a release date yet, but it will be in May or June. Then I can show it off to the world! In the meantime, I plan to post about my six year journey. I will tell the story behind the idea. I’ll share fascinating facts I uncovered while researching, but never made it into the book. Actually, some did, but were cut along the journey.
So don’t miss a post.